RPI in the News: The Future Called, It Wants Its Cloud Back

December 30, 2017 | via: Fox Business News - If you are old enough, you remember a time when having a phone required an actual phone line coming into your house or business. Names like Ma Bell and all the little Baby Bells ring a bell. "Hold the line" and "the wires have somehow gotten crossed" were not uncommon phrases. All obsolete today. And then some. Cell phones, the breakup of the Bells, and fiber optics changed much of that. The days of POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service)—analog signals over copper loops—have been over for years. But the Cloud is challenging traditional telephony even further— changing the way businesses, their employees and even consumers make and receive phone calls. "Cloud telephony is a new name for something called Voice Over IP, except in a business context," said James Hendler, director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. "It’s been used by consumers for 10 or 15 years," he said, mostly by people who wanted to make long-distance calls on their computers to avoid phone bill charges. “Moving whole companies to the Cloud," he said, "is much newer."

AXIS Art X Interdisciplinary Seminar Slated for February 28

As part of the AXIS Art_X Interdisciplinary Seminar series -- which presents lectures and discussions examining the intersections of Art, Science and Engineering, as well as projects and initiatives of Art_X at Rensselaer -- STS's Mike Fortun will present "Cultures of Scientific Revolutions," and Robert Hull of cMDIS will present "The Architecture of Atoms" from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 28 in EMPAC's Studio Beta.

Retirement Celebration for Sharon Kunkel to be Held February 24

Friday, February 24, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Sage Dining Hall, Faculty/Staff Dining Room
Description: The campus community is welcomed to stop by and wish our Registrar, Sharon Kunkel, a fond farewell and happy retirement!
Contact: _none 518-276-6000

Dept. of MANE Colloquium Series Continues March 1

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: DCC 330
Description: Yuxiang Shawn Liu of Worcester Polytechnic Institute will present "Optomechanical Interactions for Micro- and Nano-scale Force and Displacement Sensing."
Contact: Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering (MANE) 518-276-6351

Albany Business Review Celebrates Outstanding Achievements in Technology and Business

For more than a quarter of a century, the Albany Business Review has been recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the Capital Region business community, with the first Achievement Awards event held in the 1980s. Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson and School of Engineering Professor Daniel Walczyk were among 12 individuals recently honored for outstanding achievements in technology and business during the February 17 Albany Business Review Tech Awards event.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Nussbaum Award for Outstanding Volunteerism

Friday, February 24, 2017 9:00 AM - Thu , March 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Where: Academy Hall 4200 - DOSO
Description: The Frederick M. Nussbaum ’30 Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism is an opportunity to recognize an outstanding Rensselaer student who is currently a junior. Granted in recognition of the student's volunteer activities at Rensselaer, or civic involvement in bettering the community in and around Rensselaer, the Nussbaum Award will be given to the recipient during their Senior year.
Contact: Dean of Students Office

Want to Help Choose Next Year's Laptops?

On Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2, Rensselaer's Mobile Computing team will be looking for feedback on laptop specifications that will be used as part of the Fall 2017 Mobile Computing Program.  All students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by and check out the laptops that will be on hand!

C+CC Lenten Wednesday Speaker Series Continues March 15

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Chapel + Cultural Center 2125 Burdett Avenue, Troy, NY
Cost: Free
Description: The C+CC's inspiring five-week Lenten Wednesday Speaker Series returns, featuring a Mass at 5:30 PM, a meatless potluck supper at 6:15 PM, and guest speakers at 7:00 PM. The Series is open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation, so come to any part of the program you wish. Those who are able to do so are asked to kindly bring a meatless dish to share for supper.
Contact: Kevin Krolik, Director 518-274-7793

Architecture Positions Series to Host "Trauma, Memory, and Architecture" Presentation

Monday, February 27, 2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Greene Building, Second Floor Gallery
Cost: free
Description: The student-coordinated discussions series at Rensselaer School of Architecture, Positions Series, will host “Trauma, Memory and Architecture,” in the main gallery of the Greene Building with guest speaker Michael Arad, partner at Handel Architect and designer of the World Trade Center Memorial. Mr. Arad will present on the design, process, significance and ultimate realization of the memorial.
Contact: School of Architecture 518-276-6466

Financial Studies Research/Finance and Accounting Seminar Series to Continue March 3

Friday, March 3, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: Pittsburgh 5114
Description: The Center for Financial Studies at the Rensselaer Lally School of Management will host a research seminar series/finance and accounting seminar, "Credit Default Swaps and Bond Issuance Cost," with Cihan Uzmanoglu, Ph.D., of the School of Management at SUNY Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y. The talk will discuss research on how initiation of credit default swaps (CDS) are associated with a decline in corporate bond underwriting fees.
Contact: Shelly Wendy Samuel 518.276.6682